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Information about Corona virus

(Update: 17. of September 2021)

From Monday 13 September 2021, it will be compulsory to hold a certificate (from the age of 16) inside restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities and at indoor events throughout Switzerland.

The Covid certificate is proof that you have either been been vaccinated against Covid-19, tested negative for the coronavirus, or has recovered from the coronavirus.

The certificate can be presented in an app on the mobile phone or in paper form. A personal identification document with a photo is also required for verification (e.g. passport, identity card, driver's licence, residence permit, student ID).

You can find more information below or on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health.

FAQ about Corona virus

Entering Switzerland

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there may be special conditions for entering Switzerland. With the Travelcheck of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) you can check whether and under which conditions you are allowed to enter Switzerland.

In principle, from Monday, 20 September 2021, all persons aged 16 and over who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered must present a negative test (antigen or PCR) on entry - regardless of where and how they enter Switzerland. After four to seven days in Switzerland, another test carried out in Switzerland is required. This test is subject to a fee. The result must be sent to the competent cantonal office.

For vaccinated and recovered persons with a Covid certificate or other valid proof of vaccination or recovery, no testing obligation applies. The vaccination must have been carried out with a vaccine authorised in Switzerland or by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or with a vaccine on the WHO list. Anyone who has been vaccinated with other vaccines must have a test carried out for entry into Switzerland.

All persons entering Switzerland must also complete the entry form (Passenger Locator Form, SwissPLF).

Infoline of the FOPH for persons entering Switzerland: T +41 58 464 44 88, daily 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.

Last update on 09-17-2021 by Adrian Pfiffner.

Certificate requirement

From 13 September 2021, the Covid certificate will be compulsory (from the age of 16) in the following places:

  • Restaurant and bars (including those of hotel establishments).
  • Discos and dance halls
  • SAC huts
  • Cultural and leisure facilities such as museums, libraries, zoos, fitness centres, sports facilities, climbing gyms, indoor swimming pools, thermal baths, aqua parks, billiard halls or casinos
  • Events such as concerts, theatre, cinema, sporting events, private events such as weddings in locations open to the public.
  • Trade and public fairs

The Covid certificate obligation also applies to outdoor events with more than 1000 people.

Guests without a certificate in establishments or at events where a certificate is required may be fined CHF 100.

Last update on 09-10-2021 by Adrian Pfiffner.

Where do I don't need a certificate?

The following locations will not require a certificate after 13 September 2021:

  • Outdoor areas of catering establishments such as terraces.
  • Public transport, including mountain railways
  • Overnight stays in hotels and campsites (access to restaurant/bar only with certificate)
  • Retail trade
  • private events in private premises up to 30 persons
  • religious events up to a maximum of 50 persons
  • services provided by public authorities
  • personal services, such as hairdressing salons, therapeutic and counselling services (e.g. banks and information centres)

In these areas, mouth/nose protection must still be worn and, whenever possible or prescribed, the distance (1.5 metres) to other persons must be maintained.

Last update on 09-15-2021 by Adrian Pfiffner.

What about mountain railways & public transport?

No Covid certificate is required in public transport and mountain railways. The usual protective measures apply, such as mandatory masks and keeping your distance. Mouth-nose protection is not required in open waiting areas and chairlifts.

Last update on 09-15-2021 by Adrian Pfiffner.

What about hotels, holiday flats and SAC huts?

No certificate is required for overnight stays in hotels. Guests and staff wear mouth-nose protection in the accommodation. Guests may remove the mouth-nose protection in their personal rooms (guest rooms). Access to the indoor areas of restaurants and bars in the hotel, on the other hand, is only permitted for persons with a certificate (required from the age of 16).

A certificate is also not required for a stay in a holiday flat. Here, the rules for private meetings apply (max. 30 persons indoors).

However, a Covid certificate is required for those who stay in an SAC hut and consume indoors.

Last update on 09-15-2021 by Adrian Pfiffner.

What about restaurants?

The indoor areas of restaurants and bars are only accessible to people with a certificate (mandatory from the age of 16). All protective measures such as the obligation to wear a mask and the minimum distance do not apply.

In the outdoor areas of restaurants, there is no certificate requirement and no need to wear mouth-nose protection. However, the required distance (1.5 metres) must be maintained between groups of guests if there are no separating elements.

Last update on 09-15-2021 by Adrian Pfiffner.

Which certificates are valid and where can I get them?

Detailed information on the valid Covid certificates can be found on the corresponding information page of the Federal Office of Public Health.

Guests from the EU/EFTA/Schengen area (analogous to Switzerland):
Entry and access to indoor rooms/events subject to certification possible without problems with the existing Covid certificates (connected to the EU Digital Covid Certificate).

Guests from third countries outside EU/EFTA/Schengen (vaccinated with an EMA vaccine, i.e. Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca and all licences such as Covishield, etc.):
Until 10 October 2021, all human-readable vaccination cards (including: Personal information, vaccine, vaccination country and vaccination date, in the Swiss national languages, English or Spanish). After this transitional phase, the certificates must be converted into a Swiss certificate. Details are still being worked out.

Guests from third countries outside the EU/EFTA/Schengen (vaccinated with other vaccines):
For these persons, testing is compulsory upon entry as well as for access to areas requiring certificates (free of charge until 30 September 2021).

Last update on 09-17-2021 by Adrian Pfiffner.

What to do in case of cancellation?

In case of cancellations and possible cancellation costs in connection with Covid-19, we ask you to contact the landlord/landlady directly. The insurance benefits and insurance cover must be clarified on an individual basis.

Last update on 09-10-2021 by Johanna Bergthaler.

Are the Heidiland tourist offices open?

The Heidiland tourist offices in Bad Ragaz and Flumserberg are open. The team at the headquarter can also be reached during usual business hours.

Last update on 09-10-2021 by Johanna Bergthaler.

Leisure paradise in Eastern Switzerland

Clear air, impressive mountains, deep blue lakes and above all the Heidi myth, which has retained its great magic: In the holiday region Heidiland, Lake Walen with Churfirsten, the summer and winter sports areas Flumserberg and Pizol, the Sarganserland with its side valleys and the vineyards of the Bündner Herrschaft form the backdrop for recreational experiences with added value. The tourism region in the border region of the cantons of St. Gallen and Graubünden can be reached via motorways or by train from Zurich or Lake Constance within one hour.

Families immerse themselves in the world of Heidi and Peter at the original site of Heidi history, active guests are on their way between lake and mountain with a hiking backpack or mountain bike or regenerate in the health resort Bad Ragaz. Wine staggers, over a dozen gourmet restaurants and local culture await connoisseurs. In the cold season, the winter sport areas of Flumserberg and Pizol with over 100 km of slopes are a delight.

Ausblick vom Palfries auf Churfirsten

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